Ways to Support
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society are considered charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes and may be deducted to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of our exemption document is available for public inspection.
There are numerous ways your donation can be put to use to enhance the quality of RBFS sponsored programs and events thereby benefiting the organization’s membership, Sussex County residents, visitors to the southern Delaware coastal area, as well as young emerging filmmakers. Please use the links below to access more information about various donation opportunities.
Every contribution is very much appreciated.
NAME A SEAT
The best seat in the house is the one with your name on it! That named seat will help keep the Cinema Art Theater screens lit during the pandemic. For a $250 donation, a designated seat in the theater of your choice (Main or JEMS) will have a silver donor plate engraved with your name, a name of your choice or a personally created message. Seat locations will be filled on a first come, first served basis so sign up online below or by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1. Besides being a part of your personal legacy, seats can also be a gift, memorial, or tribute to someone special. Your support is greatly appreciated!Click here to view the seating chart and choose your seat.
CINEMA ART THEATER GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society relies on donations to help support its community-based operations including the Cinema Art Theater. As with most arts organizations, ticket sales do not cover the full cost of presenting quality films. General, non-restricted donations are tax deductible and can be made at any time of the year.
If you are interested in making a charitable contribution to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, click here to make a donation online, or send a check to RBFS, 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Your support is appreciated.
EMPLOYER MATCHING CONTRIBUTION PROGRAMS
If your employer has a Matching Contribution Program, please consider maximizing your contribution to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society by processing the paperwork needed to designate the Film Society as a recipient. Many companies will match your contribution equally or provide a greater match.
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society does have an IRS designated status of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. As such, donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
The Film Society will confirm your donation and submit any required documentation. In addition, your company will be acknowledged in the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival program as a Contributor. Click here to make an online donation.
GLENN C. BOWMAN ENDOWMENT FUND
The Film Society has been very fortunate to receive assistance from committed and generous individuals, including Glenn Bowman. Glenn was a Board member whose love of independent film was amazing. During the Film Society’s early years, Glenn chaired the Summer Film Review process, five days a week. He didn’t just turn the projector on, he previewed each film, researched additional information about each film, and prepared background summaries to make the screeners more aware of the film’s history. Once films were selected for the Festival, Glenn helped write descriptions for the event’s program. As a retired public school teacher, Glenn became the Film Society’s educator. During Glenn’s term on the Board, he assisted with many other projects and his input helped steer the Film Society’s course of growth.
Glenn’s untimely death in September of 2001 was a tremendous loss to the Film Society. But even with his passing, Glenn continued to give generously to this organization. As part of his estate, Glenn made a financial donation to the Film Society. The Film Society’s Board of Directors decided to establish the Glenn C. Bowman Endowment Fund in honor of Glen’s generosity. The fund is being managed by the Delaware Community Foundation which has a long history of managing endowment funds for not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and corporations throughout the state.
The Glenn C. Bowman Endowment Fund is used to support community participation initiatives, primarily outreach efforts which Glenn saw as part of the Film Society’s mission. Part of the Bowman Fund was used to support the creation of the Cinema Art Theater, a project that Glenn would think is a great outreach to the community.
The Film Society invites film enthusiasts, supporters of the Film Society, and friends of Glenn Bowman to make donations to the Glenn C. Bowman Endowment Fund. It is through donor generosity, and the future generosity of others, that the Film Society will be able to continue Glenn’s efforts to bring independent films to Delaware.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Glenn Bowman Endowment Fund, click here to make a donation online, or send a check to RBFS, 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.
MORRIS AND ROSLYN FIERBERG STUDENT FILM AWARD
Morris and Roz Fierberg were actively involved in the development of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the award-winning Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. During the Festival’s early years, their retail skills were instrumental in starting a Merchandise Booth. They also assisted with reviewing films, recruiting additional volunteers, and encouraging others to attend the Festival. Being quite resourceful, Roz and Morris persuaded two of their sons, Andy and Stephen, to participate by facilitating seminars, allowing their films to be exhibited, and conducting Q&A(s) after film screenings. The involvement of the Fierberg family is greatly appreciated.
The Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award was established in 2004 in memory of Morris. The fund’s name was expanded to include Roz just prior to her passing in 2010. The purpose of this award program is to encourage student film production by acknowledging the outstanding work of a student film director. Full-time high school or undergraduate students from the United States are eligible to participate.
Each year a review panel consisting of (1) Fierberg family member or representative, a teacher or professional in the film production area or art field, and the Film Society’s Education/Outreach Coordinator screen each submission and rate the films on originality, execution, (technical proficiency in four areas) and overall quality. Award recipients are announced in October each year. The first place award is a $1,000 cash prize and the Honorable Mention award is a $250 gift card.
For the 2021 Fierberg application: click here.
The Film Society invites film enthusiasts, supporters of the Film Society, and friends of Roz and Morris Fierberg to make donations to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award. It is through donor generosity, and the future generosity of others, that the Film Society will be able to continue the Fierberg’s commitment to youth and the art of film making.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Morris and Roslyn Fierberg Student Film Award, click here to make a donation online, or send a check to RBFS, 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.
PLANNED GIVING – CHARITABLE BEQUEST
If you would like to leave a lasting gift to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society as part of your legacy, please consider issuing a charitable bequest. A charitable bequest is a gift made through a will. Charitable bequests are revocable, flexible, and can provide estate tax advantages. Bequests are often used to create a named fund in honor of an individual or family. The Bequest can be established to support a specific project that was favored by the donor or the use of the donation can be left to the discretion of the Film Society’s Board of Directors.
A bequest can be a gift of a specific sum or asset, a percentage of the estate, or the residual estate. You may designate a charity as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or a retirement plan, such as a qualified pension and profit-sharing plan 401(k) or Keogh plan, or individual retirement account. Many people have life insurance that has outlived its original purpose and a charity can be designated as the beneficiary.
An attorney can help you make a charitable bequest that fits into your overall estate plan. Often, a charitable bequest may be made in codicil (or as an addition to) your will. Staff at the Rehoboth Beach Film Society can work with you and your advisor.
If you are interested in making a charitable bequest to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, please contact Sue Early (302-645-9095, ext 3.) All donations are tax deductible. Your support is appreciated.